75

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
The film's near-fatal flaw is its dialogue, which had to be invented wholesale from the Old English text. It alternates between sounding stagy and anachronistically hip -- with more overuse of the F-word than any two Samuel L. Jackson movies. It's a big mistake.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Credit Icelandic director Sturla Gunnarsson for having an ambitious vision: He took a look at the eighth-century epic poem "Beowulf" and decided he could cut it down to size. And he has, for better and worse.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A muscular, ardently naturalistic retelling of the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon saga.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Gunnarsson's film ultimately lacks the grandeur and wit necessary to make the legend fully come alive. Still, the film does offer certain kicks to those who like their action films infused with fantastical elements and benefits greatly from its highly effective lead performances.
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63

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
We're more likely to snicker at this marauding monster than scream.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
To be very generous toward the filmmakers' intentions, Beowulf & Grendel might be seen as a misguided attempt to lend some modern nuance to a traditional tale of good and emphatic evil. But why pussyfoot? The movie is a lumbering and ludicrous mess.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The film is very near a comedy, and I'm not sure that's on purpose.
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50

Chicago Tribune

While cinema may be a visual medium foremost it's also an aural one, and the cacaphony of dialects sounds not so much "universal" or interestingly multicultural as simply all over the map.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Beowulf & Grendel has its moments, as well as its debits. Among the later is the grating Canadian accent of Sarah Polley, who plays a witch named Selma.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Imagine the worst "Deadwood" episode ever, and you'll get an idea of the general tone of Beowulf & Grendel, which is full of anachronistic cursing, tortured syntax, dark humor and lots of hairy, homely, filthy-looking people.
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53 out of 100
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